Review of Madapple by Christina Meldrum

Madapple by Christina Meldrum alternates between the narration of Aslaug, the protagonist and a court trial. Aslaug is on trial for the murder of her aunt and cousin. Madapple blends religion, science, mythology and botany.

It almost seems Meldrum is trying too hard to weave separate elements, but I think she succeeded in creating a story which left me consistently guessing. I think part of the beauty of Madapple is the revelation of the story. We don’t learn everything about Aslaug at once. Bits and pieces were revealed little by little. Also, Meldrum was awesome in that she did more showing then telling. I certainly appreciate that in a book.

Meldrum’s voice is distinct. It was like seeing the world through a new lens during the parts told through Aslaug’s eyes. Aslaug was raised in isolation. So, clearly she’s got a different world view than us internet-denizens.

I think Madapple by Christina Meldrum was definitely a unique YA reading experience. I would not recommend Madapple for the middle-grade/younger YA set. It contains some very dark and disturbing themes. However, if you are looking for a break from the usual who-hearts-who fare, check this book out. You won’t regret it.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Hey. I'm linking to your review in my review. Different perspectives and all that. 🙂

  2. Hey. I'm linking to your review in my review. Different perspectives, and all that. 🙂

  3. Wasn’t this book NUTS? I read it about three years ago, but I remember it being just crazy. I really enjoyed it, honestly, though you’re definitely right—not necessarily for the younger set.

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